Press Release

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Katherine E. Johnson Vice President, Communications (212) 875-5700;

For Immediate Release

Jaap van Zweden To Lead Simone Lamsma in Her Philharmonic Debut, Nov 29–30 and Dec 4


BRITTEN’s Violin Concerto with SIMONE LAMSMA in Her Philharmonic Debut
SHOSTAKOVICH’s Symphony No. 7, Leningrad

November 29–30 and December 4, 2018

Music Director Jaap van Zweden will conduct the New York Philharmonic in Britten’s Violin Concerto, with his Dutch compatriot Simone Lamsma as soloist in her Philharmonic debut, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, Leningrad. The program takes place Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, November 30 at 11:00 a.m.; and Tuesday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Britten said of Shostakovich: “No one composing today has equal influence on me.” The two developed a close friendship, dedicating works to each other. A pacifist, Britten left England for the United States in 1939, in the middle of writing his Violin Concerto and four months before Great Britain entered World War II. The New York Philharmonic gave the World Premiere of Britten’s Violin Concerto in 1940 with Britten in attendance. Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony was premiered in 1942 during the Nazi siege of Leningrad at a refuge 1,000 miles away for Soviet artists, including Shostakovich. It was performed in Leningrad four months later by the surviving members of the Leningrad Radio Orchestra, broadcast through loudspeakers set up around the besieged city.

Jaap van Zweden and Simone Lamsma are frequent collaborators, including in performances of Britten’s Violin Concerto. The Chicago Tribune wrote of their performance of the work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2014: “Lamsma … seized on the work’s angular rhythmic drive as commandingly as she did its lyrical intensity. Her tone remained piercingly beautiful even as she tore through the virtuosic gymnastics…. her deep feeling for the anxieties that lie beyond the notes sealed her success. Van Zweden proved himself to be a model collaborator.” Ms. Lamsma will perform the revised version of the concerto.

The Chicago Tribune called Jaap van Zweden’s account of Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony “powerful, eloquent … [the] string recitatives [of the Adagio] had a wonderful depth of tone to sustain the conductor’s expansive molding of the interweaving lines, with subtle application of rubato all the way through. This was the beating heart of van Zweden’s interpretation.”

The New York Philharmonic will offer an allotment of free tickets to young people ages 13–26 for the concert on Friday, November 30 as part of Philharmonic Free Fridays.

Jaap van Zweden, Simone Lamsma, New York Philharmonic

Single tickets start at $31. (Ticket prices subject to change.) A limited number of $18 tickets for select concerts may be available for students within 10 days of the performance at, or in person the day of; valid identification is required. The New York Philharmonic is offering an allotment of free tickets to young people ages 13–26 for the concert Friday, November 30 as part of Philharmonic Free Fridays; learn more at

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (212) 875-5656, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets may also be purchased at the David Geffen Hall Box Office. The Box Office opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. On performance evenings, the Box Office closes one-half hour after performance time; other evenings it closes at 6:00 p.m.

For press tickets, call Lanore Carr at the New York Philharmonic at (212) 875-5714, or email her at

Event Listing

New York Philharmonic

David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
     Open Rehearsal — 9:45 a.m.
Friday, November 30, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Simone Lamsma*, violin

BRITTEN Violin Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 7, Leningrad

* New York Philharmonic debut


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Major support for Philharmonic Free Fridays is provided by an Anonymous Donor. Additional funding is provided by Muna and Basem Hishmeh.

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Programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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